Meet the marbled cat on this episode of Candid Animal Cam:
About the marbled cat:
- The marbled cat has unique markings that resemble the markings of the clouded leopard.
- It is native to the eastern Himalayas and parts of Southeast Asia.
- It lives in forests, and is found up to altitudes of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
- The marbled cat is semiarboreal, meaning it spends part of its time in the trees.
- It has adaptations for climbing such as flexible paws that can rotate when descending from trees, retractable claws, and a long tail to help with counterbalance. (An adaptation is an evolved physical trait – for instance, retractable claws in the marbled cat – that helps an organism do well and survive in its environment.)
- The marbled cat is similar in size to a domestic cat.
- It has a long, bushy tail.
- It is solitary.
- The marbled cat has good vision in low light.
- It preys on (eats) birds, squirrels, small monkeys, and rodents.
Based on an original article from Mongabay.com: